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ICU Management

Management of bleeding in visceral surgery and liver transplantation

2018 01 Jun

The implementation of patient blood management programmes led to reduced blood product usage. However, haemorrhage secondary to major surgery remains a major cause of potentially preventable death. Considering the heterogeneity of procedures and technical approaches, it is not surprising that the bleeding risk stratification for visceral surgery... Read more

ICU Management

Ratio-based Transfusion and Non-trauma Patients

2017 13 Mar

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) urge caution in adopting ratio-based transfusion – a practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries – in non-trauma patients. Their study published in JAMA Surgery suggests this practice may not benefit patients without traumatic injury. See Also : ICP Monitoring... Read more

ICU Management

Old Blood as Good as Fresh

2015 17 Mar

A large clinical trial provides reassuring evidence about the safety of blood routinely transfused to critically ill patients, with data showing that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood. The findings are published online in The New England Journal of Medicine . A team of researchers from 64 Canadian and European centres conducted... Read more

IT Management

Best Practice Alerts in EMR Provide Near-Time Education to Physicians

2015 19 Jan

Researchers in New Hampshire have discovered that the implementation of an alert function in the electronic medical record (EMR) can inform physicians about the most up-to-date best practice guidelines. The EMR’s “best practice alert” allowed pathologists to remind physicians about the latest evidence at the moment of each transfusion order, which... Read more

ICU Management

AABB Guideline for Platelet Transfusions

2014 20 Nov

The AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks, has developed a guideline on appropriate use of platelet transfusion in adult patients. The new guideline published in the Annals of Internal Medicine emphasises judicious use of the procedure to reduce patient risk and conserve resources. The guideline was developed following a systematic... Read more